Widow seeks $10M in USX lawsuit

The Youngstown Vindicator

September 21, 2002

YOUNGSTOWN – An 81-year-old widow of a retired U.S. Steel electrician has filed a lawsuit that seeks $10 million in punitive damages from USX Corp.

The suit, filed Thursday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court by the Cleveland law firm of Kelley Ferraro, alleges the company has not paid $55,000 in workers’ compensation back payments awarded to Mary Kerchofer by a jury in July. She also was awarded $13,500 a year in benefits until she dies.

Court testimony showed that Kerchofer’s husband died from prolonged exposure to asbestos in the former U.S. Steel McDonald Works.

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